Optimizing Your Website
The newly accessible and optimized pages start earning rankings and traffic, which beget more links, more personalization-biasing, more exposure, more sharing, and more business. If you've got competent content & dev teams continually checking items off the list (and not creating many new ones), slowly the list of actionable, low-hanging fruit dwindles. The existing parts of the site have been optimized. The processes for content creation are now efficient and up to SEO standards. That immense task-list of SEO to-dos is now a stable, manageable group of regularly addressed items.
Sadly, answering with an "Are you kidding me?! SEO just 10X'd your traffic, streamlined your conversion process, and brings in more than half of all new customers!" just doesn't cut it. That's why we need to look at the 5 opportunities that nearly every organization has to jump-start from plateau to high-growth SEO. Not every one of these will make sense for every site, but each deserves analysis and investigation.
5 SEO Growth Startegy:
1. New keywords & content
This option comes up most often when search traffic growth starts to stall but rankings remain high. Growth-focused organizations aren't satisfied dominating rankings for keywords they already own, so they chase an ever-expanding list of terms and phrases that could bring valuable traffic. Thing is, a lot of the time, this makes sense. It's an obvious move, but this is one of those seemingly elusive times when what's obvious and what's right often as not line up.
- Understanding your audience
Sometimes we get so focused on rankings and traffic that we forget that alone, these serve no purpose. If your new-found SEO boost brings in loads of new visits with little measurable impact on short or long-term conversions (even to the next stages of the funnel like return visits or email signups or a visit to the product pages), you might be barking up the wrong tree. It's OK to treat some traffic as purely brand-focused, and some content as likely-to-earn links but unlikely to convert visitors. But if the ratios get out of whack, it's your job to rein it in and get back to sensible targeting.
- Domain's ranking ability
In niche after niche, there are a few powerful sites who can put up even mediocre content and rank well for it. In essence, they've trained Google (and searchers) to prefer their content on those topics. But, this power takes an incredible amount of time and energy to earn. Thanks to our recent acquisition of SERPscape.
- Hitting for amplification and links
We've learned recently that social media almost never works as the sole source of links that help earn rankings. But, we also know that without links, content is very unlikely to rank. Thus, the content we produce needs to aim for the kinds of amplification that can drive direct traffic and value, as well as the kinds that can earn links and rank. That's a challenge for almost every content creator, especially those who also try to make that content fit a promotional or revenue-driving goal (a very rare and impressive accomplishment indeed).
2. New verticals & SERP features
The process here is simple: if a vertical or feature appears in a substantive number of search results globally and/or in a considerable number of the SERPs you care about to attract your search visits, it's almost certainly worth some effort. Google News, Shopping, Reviews, Images, Knowledge Panels, Tweets, Local Boxes, and more all have the potential to take away a lot of the clicks that would ordinarily go to "classic blue links"-style results. If you can own that SERP real estate before or even in addition to your competition, your traffic growth opportunities have considerably more room to rise.
3. Additional SERP Domination
Multiple listings in the same set of search results isn't just about getting more real estate, but about boosting traffic and click-through rate for both. Some analyses have shown that two listings in the search results can have a greater CTR than just position X + position Y. Like great romances, the effect of dual listings is greater than the sum of its parts.
4. Moving up the buyer funnel
Your ROI equation can be years in length because organic search will keep sending visits for years if you earn and maintain high rankings. It also means that your keyword and content pairs shouldn't be limited to those producing conversions at all.
5. International/multi-language targeting
For larger organizations seeking to expand their markets, growing beyond your local country and/or local language may be an avenue of considerable opportunity. It's not easy, and in SEO, it can require starting nearly from scratch (depending on how you're pursuing international expansion—new TLD extensions vs. subfolders, etc).
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